The Prince Albert Mintos will host the Beardy’s Blackhawks at the Art Hauser Centre on Halloween night on Thursday, but there’s nothing spooky about their league low 19 goals.
The Mintos split a two-game road stand with the Notre Dame Hounds over the weekend, beating the Hounds 4-1 at Duncan McNeil Arena on Sunday.
Despite being the only team in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League to not yet reach the 20-goal plateau, it’s not all doom and gloom for the Mintos, who with a win on Thursday, can reach the .500 level for the first time this season and begin their first win streak.
If there is any team for the Mintos to exploit and get back on track, it’s the Blackhawks who had just two wins last season. The Mintos swept the four-game season series last season, outscoring the last place team 24-3.
Posting a record of 2-4-1-1 so far this season, the Blackhawks have already matched their two wins from last year thanks to the contributions of left wing Adam Santoro with five goals and nine assists riding a three-game point streak.
With rookie forwards Matthew Parsons and Cole Young out of the lineup to attend the Western Canada Under-16 Challenge Cup in Calgary, the Mintos will look to Keegan Kjargaard to repeat his strong performance against the Hounds on Sunday. Kjargaard scored a hat trick in the Mintos highest scoring game of the season.
While sitting dead last in the league offensively, the Mintos have been solid in the backend, tied for second in the league in goals allowed with 20.
Mintos backstop, rookie Connor Ingram, has the league’s second highest save percentage of .942 in four starts with the Raiders, posting a record of 2-0-2-0.
Thursday’s game will be the first of a two-game home stand for the Mintos, who will face the Yorkton Harvest again the Art Hauser Centre on Saturday.
The puck drops at 7 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre on Thursday.